Dazzling White Teeth Headquarters

Hi!  I had been unhappy with my smile for a while.  But, now I have Dazzling White Teeth!

I finally had enough when I went to Thanksgiving with the extended family.  My cousin brought his youngsters and while we were joking around and poking fun at each other, one of them called me “a yellow toothed monster”.

Kids can be so cruel and honest.  Sure, we were just joking and playing around.  But, there’s always some truth to jokes.

Do You WANT the Toothpaste that Stopped the Yellow Teeth Jokes?

STOP THE JOKES

Even though my innocent young relative didn’t realize it, that comment gave me the motivation to take action.

So, I’ve created this web site Dazzling White Teeth Headquarters.   It is a place to keep track of my investigations and progress.

I will chronicle as I try to change from that “yellow toothed monster” to a more “white toothed monster”.  And, I will, of course, still “crush” my nephew (all good fun as monster crushing goes) on the trampoline at our next Thanksgiving!  Just as the “white toothed monster”.

My first goal of my investigation was to try and identify ALL of the possible ways I could whiten my teeth.  So, I’m trying to put together the definitive list of teeth whitening methods.

Below are my current notes.  Please let me know if you have something I’ve missed.  If so, I’ll investigate it and see if it can help me become and nicer more “white toothed monster” by the next Thanksgiving!

Top 20 Teeth Whitening Treatments

GraphicMethodDescriptionEffectiveness (0-10)CostMore Info Link

Teeth
Teeth Whitening StripsOver the counter strips put on your teeth for a short period of time to apply whitening chemicals to your teeth.8$$$Read More

Baking
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)Used in teeth whitening toothpastes. One of the best ingredients at stain prevention. Less effective at actually making your teeth whiter.5$Read More

Strawberries
StrawberriesContains Malic Acid that supposes to whiten teeth. Not found to be effective.1$Read More

Carbamide
Carbamide Peroxide StripsTeeth Strips that use Carbamide Peroxide as the main whitening agent.8$$$Read More

Brushing
Brushing and FlossingAge old traditional brushing your teeth and flossing with the added option of doing it before you use your choice of whitening method.4$Read More

Whitening
Whitening PensConvenient application. Can be one of the more effective methods with the right product.8$$ - $$$Read More

Hydrogen
Hydrogen Peroxide (20%)Applied at a Dentist office.9$$$$Read More

Bleaching
BleachingUsing bleach to chemically change the color of your teeth.8$$$$Read More

DNA
DNAUnfortunately, you can be born with it.0N/ARead More

Rinsing
RinsingIf eating stain causing food/drink, rinse right after consuming to remove stain causing substances.3Free
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Avoid
Avoid Certain MedicinesSome medicines can affect teeth whiteness.3Varies (if needing alternate medicines)
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Bleaching
Electric ToothbrushCan be one of the most cost effective methods on the list.8$$ - $$$Read More

Teeth
Teeth VeneersHave a dentist put a thin cover over your teeth. Color is as white as you want. Typically done on an individual tooth that is discolored.10$$$$$Read More

Salt
SaltAdd to your toothpaste or with baking soda for added abrasive texture.5$Read More

Vitamins
VitaminsGet your vitamins via pill or good nutrition. Any way is a good way.7$-$$
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Chewing
Chewing GumWhiten your teeth while chewing gum.3$-$$
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Light
LightTeeth Whitening using light.3$$$
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Oil
Coconut Oil PullingSwish this "super" ingredient in your mouth for MANY benefits including whiter teeth.4$
Read More

Whitening
Whitening MouthwashAdd this whitening habit to you daily ritual for whiter teeth.5$
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Whitening
Teeth Whitening SwabsUse the swab to gently rub the product into your teeth.3$-$$
Read More

Shall We Elaborate?

Absolutely!

My years of coffee and tea drinking had obviously taken a toll on the whiteness of my teeth.

Teeth whitening methods takes research because they aren’t all created equal. I needed to pick the right methods to get back to a gorgeous smile, but without hurting my teeth or having my teeth hurt me.

Knowing the right ingredients and their potential was key for me to be able to make progress.  From my initial investigation some of the methods can hurt your enamel. Others can be painful if your teeth are the type that are sensitive to the particular method.

Below I’ve highlighted what I think are some of the best tools you can add to your teeth whitening arsenal.

I start with toothpastes.

A great toothpaste might not get you that “big bang” effect you might want if you’re starting out.  But, I highlight toothpastes because I’ll be using it every day.  And, if I’m truly serious about white teeth, multiple times every day.

So, I’m going to start with some of the big hitters to get that jump start on my white teeth.  My initial research finds that including a great whitening toothpaste is what will make the difference between good looking white teeth and dazzling white teeth!

Common Whitening Toothpaste Ingredients

Dazzling White Teeth from this Best Whitening Toothpaste

By Scott Ehardt (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Whitening toothpaste usually uses a variety of ingredients to both whiten and improve overall tooth health.

These all work differently to whiten teeth and protect them from further staining and dental disease.

The three main ingredients in whitening toothpastes are abrasives, fluoride, and peroxide. You must be careful not to overuse abrasives as this can wear away the enamel of your teeth.

While researching whitening toothpaste products, I found the following to be the ingredients that would most commonly be used to give me dazzling white teeth:

  • Sodium bicarbonate is a mild abrasive and is also known as baking soda. Brushing with baking soda helps freshen my breath, cleans my teeth, and neutralizes acids in my mouth that can erode the enamel on my teeth.
  • Hydrated silica is another mild abrasive and works to remove stains from my teeth when used while brushing.
  • Sodium monofluorophosphate is a type of fluoride used to to help prevent cavities and decrease tooth sensitivity that whitening can sometimes cause. Overall, sodium monofluorophosphate is considered to be more effective than sodium fluoride.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is the primary whitening agent in a great whitening toothpaste, but the over the counter products are typically a lower concentration than in dental whitening treatments. While the higher the concentration the faster the results, lower percentages can also produce results with consistent use of brushing at least twice daily.
  • Carbamide peroxide is a stronger version of peroxide used to whiten teeth by breaking down into urea and hydrogen peroxide. While stronger concentrations can make teeth whiter sooner, overall results are the same. Long-term use of this type of peroxide yields the same results whether the strength is 20 percent or closer to 7 percent.

If a whitening toothpaste does not already contain it, I’ve found that adding baking soda can make a big difference.

But, be careful!  It is very abrasive to be used every day and can actually harm the enamel on the teeth when used too frequently.

This video discusses a method I’ve tried using baking soda to brighten and whiten my teeth.  I’m not a big fan of the taste with this method.  If you add a little spearmint or peppermint oil, it makes a big difference.

But, some of the products you find at the grocery store hide the bad taste a little better than this method.  But, this can be much cheaper and the baking soda can be as strong as you want it to be (or can tolerate).

There are many whitening toothpastes available and each varies in their whitening ability and other dental care benefits.

While researching, these popular whitening toothpastes and other products I found to be the most beneficial.  As I try each of these I’ll be writing up reviews on how they work for me:

  • Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste uses sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate to protect against tooth sensitivity. It gently remove stains, whitens teeth, strengthens and protect your enamel against acid erosion.
  • Colgate Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste uses sodium monofluorophosphate as its main ingredient and promises to be safe for tooth enamel. With twice daily use, your teeth will whiten at least three shades after four weeks of consistent use. You will start to see results after one week of proper and consistent use.
  • Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste also uses sodium fluoride as its whitening agent. This is a professional whitening toothpaste available through many dentist offices. It fights tough stains and whitens your teeth and keeps them bright and white using the maximum level of fluoride.
  • Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste includes sodium monofluorophosphate as its main whitening agent. This toothpaste eliminates tough surface stains without causing sensitivity or being too abrasive for your enamel. Continued use promises to match teeth bleaching results and also helps whiten dentures, caps and veneers. It also promises to remineralize tooth enamel and fight against cavities, which both help to provide dazzling white teeth.
  • Rembrandt Deeply White Whitening Mouthwash uses sodium fluoride to remove coffee, tobacco, wine and other tough stains while actively strengthening your enamel. This toothpaste helps make your teeth more resistant to the effects of acid. Acids can break down your enamel, making your dazzling white teeth more vulnerable to sensitivity and staining.

The Basic Idea Behind Whitening Toothpastes

Dazzling White Teeth and Swimsuit Models Wearing their Oakley Sunglasses

“Swimsuit Models Wearing their Oakley Sunglasses” By Michael Dorausch from Venice (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

I found out while researching whitening toothpastes that the general idea behind the finding the best whitening toothpaste is that it be able to lift stains so that you end up with dazzling white teeth.

Teeth have enamel on the outside and dentin on the inside. When you eat, smoke and drink, a film forms on top of the enamel and it generally requires a dentist to remove this layer through the use of chemical treatments and scraping.

Brushing the teeth can help to cut through this layer, but only to a point.

However, whitening toothpastes are designed to take care of this layer so that surface stains don’t set in.

Tooth enamel is porous and over time stains can get through and set into the teeth.

Even a good whitening toothpaste has special chemicals that can penetrate the enamel and cause an oxidation reaction.

This works to attack the compounds that are staining your teeth and break them apart so that the discoloration stops and is reversed, revealing dazzling white teeth. With regular use of whitening toothpastes new stains are prevented from forming and old stains are lightened.

How to Get the Most Out a Whitening Toothpaste

It is important to have realistic expectations of your whitening toothpaste. Even the best teeth whitening toothpaste will not give you dazzling white teeth after just a few uses.

It has to be used regularly and per the instructions to achieve the best results.

Most whitening toothpastes are used twice a day, one time in the morning and once at night, to lighten and whiten the color of your teeth.

Depending on the brand you choose, it can take several weeks up to several months for teeth to become noticeably whiter.

If you continue to regularly consume food and drinks that stain your teeth, such as berries, coffee, black tea and other dark-colored food and drinks, the whitening effects may not be as powerful.

Smoking can also lessen the results that you expect to experience.

Consider rinsing your mouth with water and brushing your teeth after you eat dark-colored food and drinks to prevent further staining and to get better results with the whitening toothpaste you choose.

Special Notes About Teeth Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes lighten teeth by eliminating surface stains.

Some people use them after a dental bleaching treatment so that they can keep the results that the bleaching process gave them.

Surface stains are removed in the following ways when using a great whitening toothpaste:

  • Toothpaste includes certain chemicals that work to dissolve strains or break stains down
  • Teeth are gently polished through the use of special abrasives

In some cases, a toothpaste will work using both of the mechanisms to ensure optimal whitening and cleaning.

While it is not commonly used, there are a few types of whitening toothpaste that include a chemical known as blue covarine. This chemical does not actually whiten the teeth, but it works as an optical illusion to make teeth look white when they aren’t.

This effect is generally immediate and occurs right after brushing.

Whitening toothpastes are generally safe for most people and they can be used on a daily basis.

However, if you use other teeth whitening products and methods, it is important to be careful because the abrasives and chemicals can have compounding effects over time.

Before combining other whitening products with a whitening toothpaste, it is a good idea to consult your dentist to ensure that both products can be safely used together.

Before starting a whitening routine, consider the natural color of your teeth because not everyone was born with dazzling white teeth that are bright and sparkling white.

If your teeth are not naturally white, a whitening toothpaste is not going to be able to deliver a bright white smile. The same is true if the stains on your teeth go deep below the surface of the teeth.

In these cases, you should consult a dentist to see which options are available. In many cases, whitening toothpaste helps to prolong the results a dentist can provide you.

Understanding Proper Dental Care

Toothbrush for Dazzling White Teeth

By Jonas Bergsten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In addition to now having dazzling white teeth, while researching I found that you also want to ensure that the teeth whitening methods you choose don’t affect your overall dental health in a bad way.

Here are some notes I found to try and keep that from happening.

Start with your instruments and make sure that your toothbrush is new and in good condition.

The American Dental Association recommends that you get a new toothbrush at least every three to four months.

You may not be able to go this long if the bristles are in poor shape and frayed.

To maintain your toothbrush, store it in open air and don’t put a cover over it to prevent microorganism overgrowth and make sure that you thoroughly rinse off the brush after each use with water.

Everyone should brush at least two times per day and this is generally required for optimal results with the best whitening toothpaste.

Brushing not only removes stains and things that can cause them, but it also removes plaque and other debris on and in between the teeth.

If enamel breaks down, this can result in cavities and poor enamel strength also increases the risk of teeth staining.

Brushing regularly to remove plaque is important because if plaque builds up it can eventually become tartar and once tartar forms, keeping the teeth clean becomes a lot more difficult.

To remove tartar, you will need to see your dentist and have it professionally removed with dental scrapers. Whitening toothpaste is not able to cut through tartar so if you are using this type of toothpaste along with tartar buildup, uneven whitening can occur.

Dental Floss - For Dazzling White Teeth

Dental Floss By Stilfehler (GNU Free Documentation License) (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Brushing goes a long way in promoting optimal dental health, but more needs to be done to keep your teeth, gums and oral cavity healthy and clean.

These include the following:

  • Floss between each and every tooth at least once a day. Ideally, do this at night so that you aren’t sleeping with anything stuck between the teeth.
  • See your dentist at least twice a year. This is important to prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. Your dentist will perform a checkup and your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned. Clean and healthy teeth whiten easier.
  • Limit snacks in between meals and make sure to maintain a healthy diet. Fatty foods and foods with excessive sugar can stain the teeth and wear down the enamel which results in stains occurring easier and cavities.

Which toothpaste is truly the best whitening toothpaste for you might differ from me for the reasons I’ve talked about above.

So, consider the ingredients and the usage instructions and make sure that these will fit your lifestyle.

Most are used twice a day and use peroxide as the primary whitening agent.

Remember that good dental care and a toothpaste that prevents cavities and promotes strong enamel is as important as a white smile.

I  hope what I find out and present on this Dazzling White Teeth Headquarters web site helps both you and I to find the right methods to use to become the best “white toothed monster” we can be.


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